RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – President
Obama made no public appearances for three full days while hosting his three closest high school buddies at a sun-splashed private estate that has become one of his favorite getaway destinations.
The president also spent part of the weekend consulting with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was along on the trip to attend the president's Friday night meeting with the king of Jordan concerning the crisis in Syria and Middle East peace negotiations.
Obama and Rice spent part of the weekend in a last-ditch effort to persuade Uganda's president not to sign a harsh anti-gay law. Once they decided there was nothing more they could do, Obama released a statement announcing that enactment of the law will "complicate" the U.S. relationship with Uganda.
Neighbors glimpsed the president as his motorcade took him for cocktails at the home of Michael Smith, the interior designer who did the Obamas’ private quarters in the
But Obama spent most of the weekend within the pink stucco walls of Sunnylands, the former estate of publisher Walter Annenberg, playing golf with Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Mike Ramos, old pals from high school in Hawaii. The sky over Rancho Mirage was pleasantly cloudy and the daytime temperature hovered around 80 for much of the weekend.
Once he gets back to
On Tuesday, he plans to travel to